URLs du Jour

2021-02-04

  • Ladies and Gentlemen Comrades, via Ann Althouse, a small preview of your future: Wokezilla.

    Which brings us to…


  • Legal Insurrection has launched a new website, Critical Race Training, dedicated to illuminating/exposing the new indoctrination.

    I immediately checked out their page for the University Near Here.

    The news is not great.

    We already knew about UNH President Jimmy Dean's promise last year to "ensure that our graduates are exposed to the elements of U.S. history most important to understanding our current situation with regard to race".

    "Exposure to the elements" is not something you want in the dead of winter, but anyway. It doesn't take a lot of effort to translate that into normal English: require students to be indoctrinated in Critical Race Theory.

    Even more ominous and more recent is the letter emitted a couple weeks back by the Executive Committee of "UNH Lecturers United", the union bargaining unit of non-tenure-track faculty.

    Read it and weep. I was going to comment on it here, but I think I'll devote an entire post to that when I get the chance.


  • We're a couple days late with Veronique de Rugy's plus ça change column: It's Groundhog Day All Over Again in Washington.

    One of the recurring themes after the election of Joe Biden to the presidency has been that it would bring a radical change from Donald Trump's presidency. To be sure, these men have very different backgrounds and personalities. However, when it comes to public policy, in many areas, Biden is decisively following in Trump's footsteps.

    I'm not the only one to notice. The Babylon Bee, a satirical newspaper, joked, "In a stunning repudiation of Trump's COVID plan, Biden has announced he will throw out masking, vaccinations, and travel bans and replace them with masking, vaccinations, and travel bans." To be fair, the federal government thankfully has only limited room to act in a centralized and national way to respond to the pandemic, which means that adjustments will only be made at the margin.

    Yet take the Biden administration's self-proclaimed "ambitious goal" to administer 100 million vaccine doses by the end of its first 100 days. That target, my friends, is no more and no less than the trajectory the Trump administration was already headed toward on its way out. Also, while the Biden administration wants to spend large amounts of cash to speed up the distribution, there is evidence that this will do nothing to help — and may even slow down the process — if the money comes with mandates or other strings attached.

    Also on Veronique's list of "the same, only different": end-running Congress via executive orders; protectionism; China policy; Export-Import cronyism.


  • The venerable Foundation for Economic Education notes another Califoulup: Local Kroger Stores Close as California ‘Hero Pay’ Ordinance Backfires.

    A new “Hero Pay” mandate in Long Beach, California has inadvertently cost some frontline grocery workers their jobs.

    “Ralphs and Food 4 Less, both owned by the parent company Kroger, announced Monday that they will be closing 25% of their stores in Long Beach after the city council passed an ordinance requiring companies with over 300 employees nationwide to pay employees an extra $4 per hour,” local news outlet Fox 11 reports. Two stores in the area will be shut down.

    A company spokesperson directly cited the city council’s ordinance mandating higher wages as the reason they are closing down.

    Coming soon to an unemployment office near you: the $15/hr minimum wage.


  • And Drew Cline has pretty much had it with state songs: Picking a 'state song' is just another way to stoke the culture wars.

    A bill in the Legislature (SB 105) would establish “My 603” by Candia country musician Nicole Knox Murphy as the official New Hampshire state song. By law.

    Don’t like the song? Too bad. Think another song better represents New Hampshire? Too bad. Legislators would decree that this song is the best of all possible New Hampshire songs, and no other is worthy of the title of New Hampshire State Song.

    Don't get Drew started on the proposed state spider.


Last Modified 2021-02-05 6:13 PM EST